England's heroic defence propelled them to a maiden series success Down Under as Australia were crushed 23-7 at AAMI Stadium.
FT: AUS 7 - 23 ENG
WE'VE DONE IT!!!
-- England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) June 18, 2016
The rivals fought each other to a standstill in an ugly but captivating second Test from which the Grand Slam champions emerged emphatic winners despite spending most of the second half halting waves of attacks from the Wallabies.
The commitment was epitomised by former captain Chris Robshaw, who celebrated his 50th cap with a man-of-the-match performance.
-- Maggie Marshall (@MagsMarshall) June 18, 2016
Fantastic Robshaw and England performance today... You did it !!#EngvAus
-- Tim Strofton (@Sofaloafer) June 18, 2016
Delighted for Chris Robshaw as man of the match today. #EngvAus
-- Andy Keech (@KeechA13) June 18, 2016
-- CCSmith (@chrissmith901) June 18, 2016
Captain Dylan Hartley, who became England's most capped hooker, crossed in the first half before Owen Farrell added the decisive try with six minutes remaining.
The outstanding Farrell also kicked three penalties and two conversions, but this was a victory founded on the spirit that was evident during stirring rearguard action as Australia probed the whitewash.
Twitter was seriously impressed by captain Hartley in particular.
-- Laura Barber (@lac_88) June 18, 2016
-- Simon Marsden (@simon_marsden1) June 18, 2016
Dylan Hartley has definitely proven his criticis wrong #EngvAus
-- Alex (@Alex_Thompson72) June 18, 2016
But really, everyone's just chuffed by England's performance in general.
-- Douglas Booth (@DouglasBooth) June 18, 2016
-- Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 18, 2016
Eddie Jones has nicely answered the question, what difference can a coach make? #EngvAus
-- Gabby Logan (@GabbyLogan) June 18, 2016
-- Coral (@Coral) June 18, 2016
This results means England now climb to second in the world rankings on the strength of their victory in Melbourne and now head to Sydney in pursuit of a 3-0 series whitewash.
-- Dan Miller (@DanMillerPT) June 18, 2016
Nice work England.